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Col. Douglas E. Gullion is commander of the 459th Air Refueling Wing, Joint Base Andrews, Md. In this role he is responsible for the training and readiness of more than 1,300 assigned wing personnel in 20 units employing eight KC-135R Stratotanker aircraft. The 459th supports Air Mobility Command's worldwide air refueling mission meeting the air refueling needs of the U.S. Air Force, Navy, Marine and select allied nations. In addition, members of the 459th Air Refueling Wing provide a broad cross-section of agile combat support and aeromedical evacuation capabilities to combatant commands in times of peace, war and national emergency, both within the United States and around the globe.


Colonel Gullion graduated from Purdue University in 1983 and went to work as an electrical engineer in the automotive electronics industry. He entered the Air Force Reserve in 1987 and received his commission through USAF Officer Training School. He continued on to Undergraduate Pilot Training at Columbus AFB, Miss. Following pilot training, he attended KC-135 Combat Crew Training School at Castle AFB, Calif., and then joined the 72nd Air Refueling Squadron at Grissom Air Reserve Base, Ind., as a traditional reservist. After flying combat support and combat missions during Operations Desert Shield / Desert Storm, he upgraded to aircraft commander and helped stand up the 74th Air Refueling Squadron at Grissom. While assigned to the 74th, he upgraded to instructor pilot and served as a flight commander and senior flight examiner.


In 2005, Colonel Gullion became an Air Reserve Technician and served as the 74th ARS Chief Pilot, 434th ARW Chief of Safety, 72nd ARS Operations Officer / Squadron Commander and 434th OSS Commander. He has been mobilized and deployed six times for Operations Desert Shield/ Desert Storm, Allied Force, Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom. Prior to his current assignment, he served as the 507th Air Refueling Wing Commander at Tinker AFB, Okla. He is a command pilot with more than 6,500 military flying hours.



1983 Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering Technology, Purdue University, Ind.

1997 Squadron Officers School, Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala.

2003 Air Command and Staff College, by Correspondence

2008 Air War College, by Correspondence

2011 Master of Science Degree, Aeronautical Sciences, Embry-Riddle University



1. November 1987 - March 1988, Officer Trainee, Officer Training School, Lackland AFB, Texas

2. April 1988 - April 1989, Student, Undergraduate Pilot Training, Columbus AFB, Miss.

3. May 1989 - August 1989, Student, KC-135 Combat Crew Training, Castle AFB, Calif.

4. August 1989 - June 1992, KC-135 Pilot, 72nd Air Refueling Squadron, Grissom AFB, Ind.

5. June 1992 - Feb 1996, KC-135 Aircraft Commander, 74th Air Refueling Squadron, Grissom ARB, Ind.

6. Feb 1996 - October 2005, KC-135 Instructor Pilot, 74th Air Refueling Squadron, Grissom ARB, Ind.

7. October 2005 - April 2007, Chief Pilot, 74th Air Refueling Squadron, Grissom ARB, Ind.

8. April 2007 - March 2009, Chief of Safety, 434th Air Refueling Wing, Grissom ARB, Ind.

9. March 2009 - March 2013, Operations Officer, 72nd Air Refueling Squadron, Grissom ARB, Ind.

10. March 2013 - June 2013, Commander, 72nd Air Refueling Squadron, Grissom ARB, Ind.

11. June 2013 - November 2014, Commander, 434th Operations Support Squadron, Grissom ARB, Ind.

12. November 2014 - April 2016, Commander, 507th Operations Group, Tinker AFB, Okla.

13. April 2016 - June 2018, Commander, 507th Air Refueling Wing, Tinker AFB, Okla.

14. June 2018 - Present, Commander, 459th Air Refueling Wing, Joint Base Andrews, Md.



Rating: Command Pilot

Military Flight Hours: Over 6,500

Aircraft Flown: T-37, T-38, KC-135E/R/T, C-17 



Meritorious Service Medal with one oak leaf cluster

Air Medal with six oak leaf clusters

Aerial Achievement Medal with two oak leaf clusters

Air Force Commendation Medal with one oak leaf cluster

Air Force Achievement Medal with one oak leaf cluster

Meritorious Unit Award with three oak leaf clusters

AF Outstanding Unit Award with Valor Device and four oak leaf clusters

Combat Readiness Medal with eight oak leaf clusters

National Defense Service Medal with one bronze star

Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal

Southwest Asia Service Medal with two bronze stars

Kosovo Campaign Medal with one bronze star

Afghanistan Campaign Medal with one bronze star

Iraq Campaign Medal with one bronze star

Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal

Global War on Terrorism Service Medal

Armed Forces Service Medal



Second Lieutenant, March 1988

First Lieutenant, April 1990

Captain, August 1993

Major, October 2000

Lieutenant Colonel, October 2007

Colonel, September 2014


(Current as of June 2018)